On a surprising note, G Parameshwara, the home minister of Karnataka stated that the police department is going to have zero vacancies by the end of 2019.
A review meeting conducted with the senior police officials, including the DG and IGP RK Dutta and ADGP for recruitment Raghavendra H Auradkar, stated that the department has successfully appointed 1,304 police sub-inspectors and 22,457 constables since 2013-14. Addressing the media after the review meeting, Raghavendra said that they had taken the issue to Supreme Court, and the officials have appreciated them for making efforts for the development of the state. “We have taken special permission from the Finance Department officials to give clearance so that they can speed up the recruitment policy and also strengthen the police power by adding 16,000 policemen in next three year”.
He took this occasion to explain the police personnel in the country. He stated that in 2013, there is 75,389 police personnel belong to various segments and designations. So, after that, the number of vacancies turned into 19,000.
“By January 2017, they have increased the staff to 1.56 lakh, and the jobs count is 24,399. If they might have recruited police personnel in last three years, then the count would be now 17,000. Another reason for not conducting any recruitment process in 2010 and 2011 is they had concerned about PSIs and in 2013, the process again delayed due to the confusion prevailed over 371 (J) clause,” he stated.
One of the senior officials from police department shared that because of the large count of police officers retiring every year, the recruiter’s number also kept on increasing. Nearly 2,500 to 3,000 police officers have been retiring every year.
“We have decided to recruit 8000 police officers with an aim to tally the retiring staff and the vacancies for various reasons. Along with this, the state government has eight permanent training schools and 22 temporary schools. A maximum number of 7000 policemen can attend the training at once,” reveals the senior official.